National workshop on ‘Speech disorders’ held at AIISH

Mysuru, January 29:- “We can easily recognise severe developmental delay among newborn babies that amounts to 10 per cent but minor developmental delay like learning disability, behavioural problem and other academic activities are difficult to be recognised. Sometimes,  learning disabilities and speech-language disorders are identified at the pre-school level,” said Dr Rajendra Kumar, associate professor, Department of Paediatrics, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) here on Monday.

Speaking during the national workshop on “Recent trends in assessment and management of speech sound disorders,”  organised by Department of Clinical Services, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) at its premises, he said, “The primary health care providers like paediatrician and other doctors who are working in the Public Health Centres and other taluka hospitals and even paramedical workers should know these conditions which lead to developmental delay. No doubt when compared to what it was three to four decades back, we have advanced in perinatal and neonatal care of newborn babies due to which the mortality rate has drastically come down but at the same time,  children with disability are increasing.”

On the occasion, he also briefed about various facilities, including high-risk baby clinic, child guidance clinic, which are set up to recognise disabilities at the earliest among children and RBSK facility which are available at KR Hospital.

Dr M Pushpavathi, Director, AIISH who also spoke on the occasion,  called upon the participants to make use of the workshop and fine tune with regarding latest facilities including various therapies which are available for the welfare of the disabled children. She also called upon the participants to think about low-cost techniques. She was also very much impressed with the documentation which has been practised by the department. N Sreedevi, Head of the Department of Clinical Services, was also present.

The workshop was attended by more than 100 participants from various institutions across the country and also students and staff of AIISH. They were educated on comprehensive evaluations and speech therapy strategies for speech sound disorders with an emphasis on evidence-based techniques and recent developments in the area. (MR).

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